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Wamesit Lanes Person Of The Week: Rachel Bradley

Jul 10, 2017 04:35PM ● By Bill Gilman

Rachel Bradley, right, is presented with a Wamesit Lanes gift card as Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week.

(Editor's note: The following story was originally written in March. However, due to an editorial error, it was never made public on the site, We apologize to Rachel Bradley, the Bradley Family and Wamesit Lanes for the error.)

If someone were looking for examples of what "Tewksbury Pride" looked like, they would want to start with Rachel Bradley.
A member of one of the town's oldest families, Rachel was born to be a Redman. She is extremely active in activities and clubs at Tewksbury High, most recently serving as co-coordinator (with Katie Garcia) of DECA's Annual Meghan McCarthy Foundation Fashion Show.
For this reason, Rachel Bradley is this week's Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week.
The event raised $12,626.50 for the foundation, named for the outstanding TMHS student-athlete, who passed away during her senior year, in 2010.
"In 2013, they retired her (basketball) jersey but a lot of people now see it in the gym and they don't know who she was," said Rachel, 18. "I think we really raised awareness. In the administrative chat (after the fashion show), a lot of people were interested in joining DECA and people were saying they were glad to learn about Meghan."
There is a strong personal connection between the Bradley family and the foundation. Rachel's uncle, Mark Bradley, was in his first season as girls' basketball coach at Tewksbury High the year Meghan McCarthy passed away.
Rachel's work on the Fashion Show helped her to a Top 10 performance in the Community Service category at the DECA State Competition.
In addition to DECA, Rachel has also served on the Class of 2017 Class Council since her sophomore year and was elected vice president as a senior. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Principal Advisory Council, the Mock Trial Team and the TMHS Dance Team. And Redmen football fans will recognize Rachel's smiling face from her volunteer work at the concession stand.
"I've always seen my family involved in the community and giving back to a community that has given so much to us," said Rachel.
But among her various activities, it is the DECA program that has had the most impact on Rachel and her plans for the future.
This fall, she will attend Stonehill College to major in marketing and management. But that wasn't her original plan.
"I wanted to be an athletic trainer but then I got involved with DECA and decided I wanted to go into the business field," she said.
Rachel is the daughter of Allison and TMHS boys' basketball coach Tom Bradley. She had an older sister, Lindsey, and younger brothers, Thomas and Tim.
For being named Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week, Rachel won a gift card to Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center.
Do you know a friend, neighbor or family member who deserves a pat on the back for something cool they've done? Nominate them for Person of the Week by emailing their name, along with the reason they should be honored, to Bill@yourtewksburytoday.com.

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